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After years of using "Gatesware", I am very used to having a little blinking icon on the taskbar indicating when packets enter or leave the NIC. The only thing similar I have found yet is Usernet . It does what I want, lets me know when packets are moving. And lets me disconnect from the network.
My question is, under root, I have the option to "Disconnect from eth", but there is no such option when logged in as a user. Is there a way to provide this functionality to a user, something similar to "run as"? Also, is there a way to have it display on the taskbar like the System Monitor does for memory?
why would you want to disconnect your ethernet interface? i'm lost as to what possible use that would be.
i'm not aware any particualr guis to do the sort of thing your['e talking abuot but scanning over places like linux.tucows.net will frequently get you information. there's gkrellm which is a very pretty resource monitor which shows traffic on any interface you want it to, and w heap of other stuff, there's no taskbar thing in it tho. There is a gnome task bar app that i used to use which showed things like that in the taskbar, but i can't remember what it was, if it's not called rp3 then it's related to it....
and as for wanting an easy way to access root commands, well it's generally a naughty thing to do, as i'm sure you're aware. you can however configure 'sudo' to let a given user access a program with root priveldges, or a lower level approach is to use the suid bit on file permissions. check out the chmod man file for more info on that one. Basically what that does is allow any program with that attribute set on it to execute as the owner of that file, instead of the actual person running it. some scary programs block that, but ifdown and such like shouldn't care
Thanks, Bluecadet. I am going to have to buy you a Christmas present after all the help you have given me. Would you like a barely used copy of XP......lol. Using your suggestion, I now can use the full functions of Usernet under user.
As for why I want to be able to disconnect, it is related to why I am going to stop using Microsoft: I like to control what my computer does. I am a control nut. I like to know exactly who my computer is talking to and why. I constantly run sniffers to find information and thanks to those sniffers, I will never again install MSXP on any computer. I am on an "always on" cable connection and I like to know that I can shut off all traffic, without having to turn off the computer. Maybe, I am paranoid, but I recieve at least 50 port scans a day on my Win box and I don't know enough about Linux yet to be connected to the internet 24/7 and feel comfortable. I know Linux is much more secure, but I need the added comfort of knowing for sure and being able to disconnet is comforting to me.
Again, thanks for the information and have a happy holiday season.
oh god yeah, that's fun having a cable connection... i get bored and look at my apache logs. the number of code red and blue attacks i get per day is ludicrous, and that's just on a standard home cable line. so yeah, i can see the use of that i guess.